His name is mental to pronounce but boy does he have sex with your ears. Not many artists over the years happily claim to be influenced by a free cover mount CD on a magazine, normally it comes from some broken home, family, quest to the biggest thing since slice bread trends or the classic X factor/American Idol blubber fest of a reason. But MK doesn't seem to be trying to impress and doesn't afraid of anything.
Have a listen whilst you read...
Michael Kiwanuka is a British soul musician of Ugandan heritage. He left early musical loves Nirvana and Radiohead behind when he came upon a rare recording of Otis Redding's Sitting On The Dock of the Bay on a magazine tribute to Bob Dylan.
MK's music had a new rootsy-folk direction, drawing influences from John Martyn alongside Pop Staples and Bill Withers and it wasn't long before his voice had attracted the attention of Paul Butler from the Bees, who took him to the Isle of Wight to work on EP Tell Me The Tale. Signed with Communion Records and Adele had invited the chap on her 2011 tour. Not bad for 1 year of work out of the youngster!
MK stole the show among Bjork, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Noel Gallagher on the final Later... with Jools Holland of the series. No whilst i have a dislike of RHCP the other 2 are very accomplished and it must hard not to pop a semi whilst in the company of either 2012 looking good for the man that has been compared to Bill Withers and Otis Redding as well as Van Morrison and the Temptations. /fistpump